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The Strategic Direction for St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School is set by the Governing Board to provide clarity on the mission, vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school.

The Catholic Faith is at the heart of St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School. Our Mission Statement, ‘In the light of Jesus, we learn to shine’ demonstrates to all children they can achieve by following their Faith. The Governing Board supports this Mission whole-heartedly.

Our aims are to:

  • Live the Gospel values of faith, love, forgiveness and care in our lives.
  • Challenge and encourage all to become creative, resilient and independent lifelong learners using a rich vocabulary.
  • Work with our community to prepare for our future by following the values and teaching of Jesus.

With constant reference to the school’s mission statement and aims, the Governing Board implements its strategic plan via the Strategic Development Plan, which sets out the near-term plans for improvement and priorities for focus. 

The documents below gives more information about the Governing Body, how it is constituted, how it operates and who the Governors are.


Mr Phil Atkinson

Phil is the Local Authority Governor and Chair. Professionally he is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Programme Manager, working in scientific research on UK and International large scale science projects and facilities, having over three decades of experience of the design, integration and operation of particle accelerators and managing large diverse teams. He is involved with the NW regional skills agenda from an employer perspective and leads his organisation’s apprenticeship scheme.  Phil is a passionate supporter of education, skills development and lifelong learning. Phil is an experienced school governor and has also been a governor at a Warrington Secondary School. He has two children with one still in full time education, both having attended St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in the past.

Fr Dave Heywood

Fr Dave is a Foundation Governor with responsibility for GDPR.

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